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Occupational Prestige and Social Mobility of Suicides in New Zealand

  • Austin L. Porterfield
  • Jack P. Gibbs
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Part of the Contemporary Social Theory book series

Abstract

This analysis of the social circulation of suicides in New Zealand includes ranking of the victims by the prestige accorded to their occupations and a description of the route followed by victims from their position at birth to their position at death, with a consideration of its implication for suicidal behavior. Our foremost concern is with the dynamics of suicide, not static conditions surrounding the suicide at the time of his death, and we shall concentrate on his social situation from birth to death. A great deal of information has been secured on the social history of the 955 persons who committed suicide in New Zealand between 1946 and 1951.

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© Macmillan Publishers Limited 1982

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  • Austin L. Porterfield
  • Jack P. Gibbs

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